I really want to apologize for being incredibly late for this tour, but things came up especially with school as it was almost fall break, so I was really swamp. Thanks to FFBC for including me on this tour!
Coral by Sara Ella
Synopsis: There is more than one way to drown.
Coral has always been different, standing out from her mermaid sisters in a society where blending in is key. Worse yet, she fears she has been afflicted with the dreaded Disease, said to be carried by humans—emotions. Can she face the darkness long enough to surface in the light?
Above the sea, Brooke has nothing left to give. Depression and anxiety have left her feeling isolated. Forgotten. The only thing she can rely on is the numbness she finds within the cool and comforting ocean waves. If only she weren’t stuck at Fathoms—a new group therapy home that promises a second chance at life. But what’s the point of living if her soul is destined to bleed?
Merrick may be San Francisco’s golden boy, but he wants nothing more than to escape his controlling father. When his younger sister’s suicide attempt sends Merrick to his breaking point, escape becomes the only option. If he can find their mom, everything will be made right again—right?
When their worlds collide, all three will do whatever it takes to survive, and Coral might even catch a prince in the process. But what—and who—must they leave behind for life to finally begin?
Taking a new twist on Hans Christian Andersen’s beloved—yet tragic—fairy tale, Coral explores mental health from multiple perspectives, questioning what it means to be human in a world where humanity often seems lost.
Publication Date: November 12th, 2019
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Disclaimer: I received an ARC through Netgalley for the blog tour, which doesn’t affect my opinion.
Life never waited. She’d once written that time was a ribbon. Her time had been knotted and lost and cut. She would never piece it together the way it was before.
I’m going to be fairly blunt. As someone who has been suffering from mental illness for the last couple of years now, it was really nice seeing someone in fiction have mental illnesses and the way it could control your life. I had depression in fifth grade because I was getting bullied and that led me feeling lost and confused, desperately wishing I had someone and seeing depression one page like that.
Like wow. It was so touching to me seeing that on page. And there was also mentions of self-harm and anxiety. I’m not crying at all, but it was really so touching as someone who is suffering from both of those issues especially right now where my social anxiety has made me feel like a freak, and an embarrassment in school-and kinda caused me to self-harm when things get bad. I’m not fine. I don’t think I’m okay and that I won’t get through this, and I’m just afraid of what will happen.
I could tell that the author has done her research on mental illnesses and how that could affect someone’s life-and she even added it in the author’s note was touching, because we need trigger warnings in books. She did it in a caring, sensitive way possible and I’m grateful for that.
I loved that Ella brought forth mental illnesses into a retelling, and that was a huge plus. Mental Illnesses are a huge taboo subject as a whole still, having proper rep. was really heart-touching. The retelling, however, wasn’t one of the best retellings I’ve read.
I like The Little Mermaid, but barely even exploring the Little Mermaid origin was a letdown. I wanted to see what Ella had done to it, but it was barely even there and I wanted to see more. Granted, the mental health exploration was really present and it shows, but this could have been explored more. There were things that needed to be explained well especially with the mermaid culture, but it wasn’t really touched upon too much.
The characters on their own is iffy. Most of the time, I really couldn’t care less about them. I like Brooke and the fact that she was struggling with anxiety and depression making her feel isolated was true to me, and I liked it and that she was stuck getting help which was nice. Unfortunately, anything beyond that was beyond me and I couldn’t care less about them especially Coral and Merrick.
Coral and Merrick were so flat, and I really couldn’t care less about them. They weren’t really interesting and felt one dimensional.
If there was one thing I noticed in the book was the whole switching perspectives. It could have been a lot smoother, instead of being rough and distant. I had to reread a few parts just to understand what was happening and it had multiple times when it came to switching POV’s.
The book was interesting. I liked the mental health aspect to it which played a major role in this book, I could tell that the author did her research; which felt so authentic to myself. The retelling and the characters could have been a lot better. The changing POV’s could, also, have been smoother.
TW: Suicide, self-harm, emotional abuse, anxiety, depression, eating disorders,
PTSD, unwanted advances
Rep: Mental Illness (Anxiety, Depression), Eating Disorder, PTSD
Why did she do that? Why did she run from him when she clearly wanted to head in the opposite direction? Maybe she didn’t know how. Or maybe it was too late to alter old habits.
When had he gone from caring about nothing to caring about everything? .
How could she write the ending to her story? She’d seen too many endings and no one wanted a tragedy. She would be disqualified from the contest when she inevitably failed to turn in a completed manuscript. Her deadline would come and go. She wasn’t a real writer. She was a fake, an impostor.
She held on to the hope she would finally, finally, be free. She didn’t want to feel. She didn’t want to be. She didn’t want to wake from the Abyss any longer.
That’s the thing about mental illness. It has many faces. And most of them look pretty normal. You’d never know the person is slowly dying inside.
The depressing lyrics reverberate, transporting me back to the emotions of that day. But rather than crawl inside myself, I choose to face my pain head-on.
I soak in the light that seems to drown me now. Though the darkness is never fully gone, I’ve learned how to fight it. It only takes one drop of sunlight to break through an abyss.
No matter where after begins, there’s always a chance for a new before.
Prize: Win (1) of (4) finished copies of CORAL by Sara Ella (US Only)
Starts: 15th November 2019
Ends: 28th November 2019
About the Author:
Bio: Once upon a time, Sara Ella dreamed she would marry a prince and live in a Disney castle. Today, she spends her days throwing living room dance parties for her two princesses, raising her little prince to be a king, and conquering realms of her own imaginings. Oh, and her husband is definitely more swoon-worthy than any Prince Charming.
Sara’s UNBLEMISHED trilogy has received high praise and multiple awards, but none as rewarding as the love and support she receives from her readers every day. Her new story CORAL, a reimagining of THE LITTLE MERMAID, releases in the fall of 2019.
When she’s not on deadline, Sara Ella can most often be found fangirling on Facebook, Instagram, or her YouTube channel. She may or may not be obsessed with #Bookstagram, which feeds her current addiction to bookish tea and candles. A lover of fairy tales, she believes “Happily Ever After is Never Far Away.”
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About the Blogger:
Hey everyone! I’m Lori and I have been ranting about books for a while, so I decided to make a blog. I’m a teen blogger in high school who has no life so she just reads books, and rants about her problems on her blog and to her cat. I’m a feminist, LGBTQ+ person, and someone who supports anything diverse.